Isko orders arrest of traders of ‘GSM’ phones

September 15, 2019

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered as special mayor’s reaction team (SMART) chief Maj. Jhun Ibay to go after establishments selling stolen cellphones and warned the public of legal consequences in buying stolen items. 

Ibay, in coordination with the Bureau of Permits and Licensing, arrested five cellphone vendors at the 4th Floor of Isetann Cinerama Complex on C.M. Recto Avenue Manila. A businessman was also arrested at Tutuban Mall for selling a stolen cellphone.

“Buying stolen cellphone, called GSM (galing sa magnanakaw), you would never know if the victim owner was hurt or killed during the heist as holdup men who were usually armed with bladed weapons or guns harm resisting victims,” Ibay said.

Ibay said cellphone vendors Arlin Ampado, 40, of Maasin Southern Leyte; Labyrinth Camino, 32, of San Marino Central Salawag Dasmariñas Cavite; Renisa Nuñez, 34, of 1st floor, 2000 Bldg. Legarda Manila; Jonathan Tagapan, 41, of No. 772 La Suerte St. Binondo, Manila, and Louichi Perito, 24, a technician, of 34F P. Narciso St. Brgy. Corazon de Jesus San Juan City, were charged with violation of P.D. 1612 (Anti-Fencing Law) and Article A-34 (Mayors Permit Fee) in relation to Section 199 of 2013 Omnibus Revenue Code of the City of Manila.

Hamza Sangcopan, 33, a businessman, of No. 2701 Manotoc St., Juan Luna, Tondo, Manila, was also charged for violation of the Anti-Fencing Law after he was arrested at Booth 13, at the 3rd Floor of Tutuban Mall on Dagupan St., Tondo Manila, based on the complaint of victim Gabriel Dela Cruz, 21, a service crew and residing at No. 368 Cabangis Velasquez St., Tondo, Manila.